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Butterfly Baby Shower - Part III - Game & Favours

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:36:00 +0000

At Rachel's baby shower, we had an activity (instead of a game) for guests, inspired by the Wishes for Baby I put together for my friend Alisha's baby shower weeks earlier.Tell Me, Baby!Inspired by this baby shower, I had several phrases printed on cards(designed by my talented friend Taryn). Then each guest completed the phrase, sentence, or thought, with a prediction describing Rachel's daughter as she grows up.  During gift-opening, I read the entire card aloud and Rachel guessed who wrote it. Some of the starting phrasesWhen it comes to her daddy...Because her mom is a Southern Belle...When it comes to her grandma and grandpa...When it comes to pink...Her first word...The first time she smiles...When it comes to potty training...When it comes time to accessorize...When she goes on her first date...Check these outAt the end of the baby shower we collected the cards for Rachel to put into her daughter's baby book.Flower PensI made flower-pens as party favours for each guest, using white geraniums from the craft store, secured to a pen with floral tape.There was one next to each place-setting...and they used these pens for the game.My friend Taryn also created beautiful place cards in pretty picture frames for each guest to take home. Check it out here at the original post Butterfly Baby Shower.[...]

Butterfly Baby Shower - Part II - Brunch Menu

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:26:00 +0000

My dear friend, Chef Karren, created a dreamy menu for the lady's brunch: 

Banana-Filled Brioche French Toast,
Fresh Raspberries, Caramel Drizzle 
and Creamed Spinach

Fresh Fruit Skewers

Fruit Plate

Lemon Lavender Blueberry Loaf

 Cranberry Apricot Granola
& French Vanilla Yogurt

At the buffet table we also served Shaved Niman Ranch Ham.
 The presentation looks beautiful on Karren's silver platters and bowls.
Wouldn't you agree?

For a beverage we served ice water infused with cucumber slices.

Butterfly Baby Shower - Part I - Decor

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:14:00 +0000

Here is the Butterfly Baby Showermy friend Karren and I hosted last yearfor our friend Rachel.The invitation purple, lilac, and mauve matched the nursery coloursButterflies in the Air!I made three 30 foot long butterfly garlands to hang from the ceiling. A friend cut several butterflies on her Silhouette craft cutter, then I stitched them together on my sewing machine. I also suspended white paper lanterns from my ceiling (and attached a few single butterflies)A petite garland draped over my entryway mirror(Here I caught the mom-to-be taking pictures)Dining AreaWhite table cloths, white china, sparkling silverwareCenterpieces: Purple Pansy Bouquetsand Whimsical ButterfliesBirdcages and Bird Statuary[...]

Look Where I've Been

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:10:00 +0000

Thank you Remodelaholic for featuring my Master Bath Remodel! It's been two years since we did the work - and it's still one of my favourite rooms in the house.

Here is a link to my original post.

What is your favourite room? 

...After a Brief Hiatus

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:28:00 +0000

We're getting ready for the Christmas holidays in my corner of the country.
I've been away living life, loving my family (immediate & extended), and reading up a storm.
Small Magazine's newest issue was just released. Isn't this a pretty bookish image my Emmeline Pidgen?


Mirrored Furniture in Bedroom

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:30:00 +0000

This is exquisite. I love the contrast between the closet/armoire door mirror and the slick mirrored desk.
via Pinterest(image)

This Handmade Quilt

Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:00:00 +0000

I'm in the process of auditioning sewing machines (mine died a few months ago). And in this arduous process, it's come to my attention that many ladies own machines they LOVE. And that I'd better be prepared to hand over an arm and a leg and my first born child, along with a wad of cash - for a great sewing machine which will last me more than a few years. And it's also come to my attention that one of my neighbors owns a sewing machine that cost more than my entire undergraduate education. How is that possible? I can't even wrap my brain around that one.

Anyhow, this evening while I contemplated sewing machines, I remembered a work of art which reminds me of the craft of sewing & quilting. This evening I was thinking about the exquisite quilt that covers the guest room bed in my Aunt Anita's home. Each time we visit her home, I go into the guest room to spend time with this gorgeous quilt.

I know it might sound trite, but there's something almost sacred about this quilt. It bridges the past with my present. Hand stitched by Great Grandma W. It seems to make machine-sewn quilts look cheap. To me, this quilt is the epitome of the art of quilting. It is so beautifully assembled. The vintage colour prints are arranged into a rainbow; and each seems to tell a story. It's not your run-of-the-mill super-size-craft-store cotton.

One of my favourite parts of the quilt is the back-side. I love love love love seeing the tiny, stitches holding the squares together. I can't imagine the hours, days, weeks it took to piece, assemble and finish this work of art. I wish I could have met the quilter in person.

When our family trekked out to the Midwest late last year, I took some photos of this quilt - so that I can continue to admire and cherish it even though I'm miles away.

I Just Wanted to Say...

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:28:00 +0000

Tom + Lisa (#30) is/are (?) the new winner(s) of my Shabby Apple giveaway.

Tom + Lisa said: And, entry #3, I now 'like' SA on Facebook. Announced for all the world to see.

Tom + Lisa, please email me and I'll set you up to receive your swanky Spanish Steps dress!

Thanks again everyone. Second chances are lovely.(image)

Did you hear?

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:52:00 +0000

Heather Irene (#6) is the winner of my Shabby Apple giveaway

She said:  Like Shabby Apple on Facebook!
Congratulations Heather! You are going to look sweet this summer.
Please email me and I'll get you in touch with Shabby Apple to claim your prize.

For everyone else - are welcome to use the code neverwithout10off for a 10% discount on all your Shabby Apple orders until July 6th.

Thank you to all who entered and THANK YOU Shabby Apple!

image via

At The Stroke of Midnight...

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:40:00 +0000

my swanky Shabby Apple dress giveaway is over!!!


Shabby Apple presents Green Leaf

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 05:57:00 +0000

Have you seen Shabby Apple's newest collection - Green Leaf? Eight exquisite dresses featuring silhouettes inspired by earlier haute couture fashion houses. Lovely attention to detail: swingy skirts, silk sashes, pin tucks, princess-seamed bodices, nipped wasp-waists, and flouncy crepe de chine! Check out the dreamy images.

And is it just me or do these photos channel the Annie Leibovitz-Disney-Dream-Vibe? Please discuss.
You can win your own Shabby Apple dress. Enter my giveaway here.(image)

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:00:00 +0000

Shabby Apple wants to make you look sassy and strut-worthy this summer.  Shabby Apple wants to dress you up in Spanish Steps: a tan-colored luxe jersey cap sleeve top with a full ivory sateen skirt, swirled with appliquéd ruched flowers!Won't you look sweet and stylish?Okay - pick one, two, three, OR all four ways to enter. Each entry must be in a separate comment, and you can only enter once for each item below:Check out Shabby Apple, then leave a comment below telling me your favourite dress = 1 entry.Become a Follower of Never Without, then comment below to tell me. (If you already follow, then let me know that too...) = 1 entry."Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook. Then comment below to tell me. = 1 entryLink to this Shabby Apple Giveaway on your own blog, then leave a link to that page in the comments below. = 1 entry.If you have your eye on a different dress, you are welcome to get 10% off your total Shabby Apple order by using the discount code: neverwithout10off (valid until 6 July 2011). This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only. This giveaway ends on Monday 13 June at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be chosen via Shabby Apple is an online boutique of vintage-inspired women's dresses. Check out some of their pretty pretties:Fresh and colorful dresses.Tuileries from the Oh La La Collection and Gondola from the Roamin Holiday Collection.Elegant and modest special occasion dresses.Boogie Woogie and Rhythm Dancer from the collection All That Jazz:Sassy beach-wear.Venezia and Pietra from the Amalfi Coast Collection:Inspired? Go on! Start entering...[...]

Frilly Ruffles

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 13:00:00 +0000

I saw this gorgeous skirt:

And it reminded me of this cake from Call Me Cupcake:

One to wear. One to eat!
And...I have a ruffle-esque giveaway for you. In a few more days.(image)

California Bound

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 05:27:00 +0000

viaMy kids are not counting down the days until school's out (even though I am. There are 6 1/2 days left).Seriously.They're counting down the days until we go to Southern California!They are excited to see their cousins (who they absolutely adore)!And I am excited to see my sister Chrysanthemum! Woo hoo. Exactly three weeks from today we'll leave Portland.Here are some fantastic moments from our trip last year:Staying at hotels during our travel.Rocket Fizz. Pretty much the most amazing candy store. Ev. er. Going to the park with the cousins. Almost every day. Chrysanthemum with her camera. I loved watching her capture the week-long trip.And Carpenteria Beach.[...]

Le Happy

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:00:00 +0000

My Portland-crush grows stronger when others (bloggers, newspaper articles, web-site info-thingies, or hear-on-the-street) gush on about how great Portland really is.  Truly, I love it. I love living here.

And today I saw on Simply Grove -this happy image of Le Happy. - a crêperie!

So S-Boy - take me here for date-night. And I'll be yours forever. (...well, I already am....).

And I love Portland.(image)


Thu, 02 Jun 2011 19:58:00 +0000

This is simply lovely! I've never seen the Eiffel Tower used like this before.

I'm now off to research airplane itineraries and ticket prices (but regretfully, not to Paris).
via Express-O(image)

Google Offers

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:24:00 +0000

I've loved using Groupon, Living Social, and Sharing Spree.
And now Google has their own version of daily specials:'s debuting in my now-home town Portland, Oregon. Why here? Because (according to Google) we are "a city that has a high concentration of local businesses and a flourishing, connected community. Portland is a city known for its unique retailers including locally-owned restaurants, book stores, coffee shops and entertainment venues."

Here we go! A night on the town on a dime.(image)

Next come Lilacs...and a bit of Wisteria

Tue, 24 May 2011 04:28:00 +0000

I know lilacs bloom before peonies. And last week I posted some gorgeous images of peonies. But in my part of the country (Pacific NW) the lilacs are taking center stage right now. The fragrance in the air is so intoxicating. Okay, I'll take one bouquet of lilacs for every room in my house - and two for my bedroom.(1) Pinterest, (2) From Paris2London, (3) Pinterest Nanette Nix, (4) Martha Stewart, (5) Essie, (6) Min Lilla Veranda (ohhh a favourite blog I've followed for the past few years), (7) Pinterest Jessica Britten[...]

Pink Peonies...and other pink

Thu, 19 May 2011 04:28:00 +0000

I remember the gorgeous flower shops in Paris. Bouquets wrapped up in paper. And so many fresh fresh blooms. I want pink flowers all over my home today.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower - Part III - Menu

Fri, 06 May 2011 20:00:00 +0000

Here is the Truly Scrumptious menu from the Mad Hatter Tea Party we hosted last month for my friend Alisha.Whimsical Cake, Menu and Catering by Karren Wilde of Karren's Specialty CakesCake Detail:Silver Tea PotGorgeous Tea CupsMenu:Fresh StrawberriesScones, Strudel and Creme FraicheFruit TartsChicken Salad Sandwiches on Raisin BreadCucumber Tea SandwichesFood images by Tamara Orduña Photography[...]

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower - Part II - Decor

Fri, 06 May 2011 14:00:00 +0000

Here are some images from the decor at the Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower.Inspiration for the theme came from Jessica Claire. Pom Poms and Paper Lanterns:Pom Pom Centerpieces made by my friend Rachel.Tutorial found at Frog Prince PaperieMore pom poms and paper lanterns on the fireplace mantel.For one of the activities, we had guests write down their Wishes for Baby. The PDF came from Melisa at the Lil Bee (Thanks again Bee!) - email me for a copy!Another game we played was assembled by my friend Rebecca. She compiled a list of celebrity couples and their celebrity offspring, then separated the categories into two lists on a paper. We had to match the baby names with the couples. Oh yes, it was quite difficult...and very amusing. Email me for a copy of the game.Images by Tamara Orduña Photography.[...]

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower - Part I - Hats and Fascinators

Fri, 06 May 2011 06:31:00 +0000

My friend Alisha recently had a sweet baby girl! We threw a Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower for her back in March.  We tried to stay away from the Disney/Alice tea-party variety (is that more appropriate for a little girl's birthday?) -and instead capitalized on the whimsical nature of the Mad Hatter theme.We asked all guests to wear a hat.  And these ladies did not disappoint! My only regret is that I didn't get more pictures of their hats.  I only have a handful from the party:1. The guest of honor/mother-to-be wore the best fascinator of the afternoon.  Bird-in-nest. So kitschy!Here is a close-up. (Alisha put none other than Cadbury Mini Eggs in the nest. Brilliant!)2. Some guests wore fantastic wacky hats like this one:3. Whilst I sported the ho-hum-gerbera daisy-in-ponytail.4. The classiest hat was this plum fascinator, custom designed (and modeled) by the fashionable Carolyn behind Care's Finds. If I didn't know better, I'd say she brought back the trend of hats! (Care, do you sell these in your etsy shop?)Remember, our Mad Hatter Tea Party was held weeks before the Royal Wedding, where many mad hats made their public debut.  What did you think of Princess Bea's get-up? Seriously, I'm dying to know:And what do you think of the hats at our Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower?[...]

Tiara fit for a Princess {Cake}

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:30:00 +0000

Usually a princess or a bride (or a Princess Bride) would wear a tiara on top of her head.
I prefer my tiara on top of a cake.  Look at this dreamy collection by Debra Moreland.

I hope you enjoy watching the Royal Wedding.  As I've asked around over the past few weeks - the Americans seem more cynical about said wedding.  In contrast, I prefer the attitude of many from my Canadian homeland (yes our British ties are stronger).  Frankly I'm quite enchanted with the whole affair.

Will you be watching too?(image)

Little Red Riding {Bike} Hood

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:18:00 +0000

Do you see why I am enamoured with bicycle riding? Images like these promise a lifestyle of gorgeous skirts, cinched waists, and market baskets filled with flowers.

I would have no problem owning a pretty bicycle.  But instead of looking fresh and springy like the lady below, my reality would most likely be helmet-head, a sweaty brow, and a market basket holding a scratched-up water bottle. And I probably wouldn't be wearing kicky heels. More like - black flats.
Image via Gift Wrapped Life - what a gorgeous blog...(image)

Some Pretty Things for this Week

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:28:00 +0000

My heart is happy.  My spirits are lifted when we have sunshine.  We have a one-legged robin that has staked his territory in our back yard.  Lots of little baby girls have been born into lovely families of sisters and friends. We had fresh fresh produce for dinner today and yesterday.  My house is clean. My worship service at church today left my heart full of love for God.  My husband bought me flowers - beautiful lilies. And I am just so happy.The original Gossip Girls viaGorgeous Peonies via:awwww! This makes me want to get a puppy. Via Diamonds and Tulle (lovely lovely fashion blog):Dinner and Dancing via:Teapot Lamp. I would love to make one of these myself! Via:It's spring and I still need to buy a bicycle. Via:I want to wear a formal up-do this spring. via:Pretty.  I want to sit here and look out the window.  Love the wallpaper and the side table. Via:Last of all, a pretty bathroom via:[...]